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Most productive states in America
One of the strongest indicators of a country's economic capacity and productivity is its gross domestic product. GDP represents the total market value of economic goods and services over the course of a year, calculated by adding gross investment, private consumption, government investment, government spending, and trade exports, less imports. In 2017, the United States’ GDP reached a staggering $19.39 trillion, the largest in the world and 4.1% higher than 2016’s figure, $18.62 trillion.
While the United States clearly stands out among countries for this measure of economic strength, Stacker set out to discover how GDP varies from state to state. Using data computed by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, we analyzed the per capita GDP for every state plus Washington, D.C. The statistics are represented in chained 2009 dollars to account for inflation, include both public and private industries, and represent the total GDP divided by each state’s population.

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#51: Mississippi
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $32,102
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $31,700
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $32,041  2 / 51The Knowles Gallery // Flickr
#50: Idaho
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $36,056
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $35,738
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $37,080  3 / 51Ryan Stanton // Flickr
#49: West Virginia
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $36,244
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,461
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $33,892 
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#48: Arkansas
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $36,524
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,338
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $35,205  5 / 51Akhenaton06//Wikimedia
#47: South Carolina
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $37,075
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,917
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $37,724  6 / 51Eric in SF//Wikimedia
#46: Alabama
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $37,402
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,911
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $37,522 
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#45: Kentucky
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $38,950
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $38,610
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $38,159  8 / 51Haydn Blackey//Wikimedia
#44: Maine
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $38,956
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $38,415
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $38,946  9 / 51Urban~commonswiki//Wikimedia
#43: Arizona
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $38,985
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $38,647
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $44,168 
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#42: Florida
Real GDP per capita in 2016: $39,506
Real GDP per capita in 2015: $39,289
Real GDP per capita in 2007: $43,506